Sunday, December 1, 2013

Padakin does it again

In Calgary, the Hitmen scored three second-period goals and went on to beat the Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1. . . . F Pavel Padakin scored the game’s first goal, the Teddy Bear Goal, at 3:42 of the second period. He also got that goal a year ago and now is the first player in franchise history with two such scores. . . . Attendance was 17,199 and they tossed 25,921 stuffed toys onto the ice. According to the Hitmen, that total is 998 shy of their record total from 2007 . . . . F Greg Chase scored twice for Calgary, giving him 16 on the season, while D Alex Roach had two assists. . . . Padakin’s goal was his seventh. . . . Padakin almost certainly will be hearing from the WHL office, after he took a slashing major and game misconduct at game’s end. . . .

In Lethbridge, the Edmonton Oil Kings opened up a 2-0 lead and went on to beat the Hurricanes, 3-2. . . . Edmonton had beaten host Lethbridge 2-1 on Friday night. . . . F Edgars Kulda’s eighth goal, at 13:26 of the second period, via the PP, gave the visitors a 3-1 lead. . . . Lethbridge F Reid Duke got his side to within one with a PP goal at 11:18 of the third. It was his second goal. . . . Hurricanes D Nick Walters played in his 200th regular-season WHL game. . . . The Hurricanes (3-22-4) have won just once in their last 17 outings. . . . Edmonton has won three in a row. . . .

In Spokane, the Seattle Thunderbirds outshot the Chiefs 46-29 as they cruised to a 5-1 victory. . . . D Adam Henry had a goal and two assists for Seattle, which got two assists from D Shea Theodore. . . . Seattle was 3-for-6 on the PP. . . . The Thunderbirds had a 5-0 lead before F Riley Whittingham scored for the Chiefs at 11:27 of the third. . . . Seattle G Justin Myles stopped 28 shots. . . . The Thunderbirds (16-9-4) have won four in a row and are tied with the Chiefs (17-10-2) for fifth spot in the Western Conference. . . . The Chiefs have lost three in a row and four of five. . . . Spokane was without D Reid Gow, its captain, after he suffered an undisclosed injury in a Saturday game. . . . Chiefs F Mitch Holmberg, who leads the WHL in goals (30) and points (64), was held without a point for the second game in a row. He has played 29 games this season and has points in 25 of them. . . .

In Portland, F Nic Petan struck for four goals and added an assist, leading the Winterhawks to a 6-5 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . F Brendan Leipsic drew five assists for Portland, which held a 53-16 edge in shots. . . . The Blades are 0-3 in the U.S. Division. . . . Petan, who didn’t get his first goal until 15:37 of the second period, has 19 scores this season. . . . The Blades led 4-1 when Petan scored his first goal. . . . Portland scored six goals but only five players picked up points. . . . Portland F Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals, giving him 23, and added an assist. He broke a 5-5 tie at 19:40 of the third. . . . F Nathan Burns and F Matt Revel each scored twice and added an assist for the Blades. Burns has 14 goals; Revel has nine. . . . F Nikita Scherbak had four assists and was plus-4 for Saskatoon. . . . Petan now has 60 points, just four behind WHL scoring leader Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Holmberg also leads the WHL in goals (30), while Petan leads in assists (41). . . . The Winterhawks (20-5-3) closed to within one point of the Everett Silvertips (20-4-4), who lead the overall standings.

From Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks): “Saskatoon takes their lone timeout. If they want another then head coach Dave Struch will need to dump a soda on the ice.”
Someone has been paying attention to the follies of Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd.

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